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Lenovo S10e Linux Netbook - 160GB HD, 1.5GB RAM, 6 Cell Batt. Was £379.50 £259.00

£259.00 @ Lenovo UK
This is a huge discount on the highest spec Lenovo S10e netbook available. According to reviews the Lenovo S10e is a very well-designed, small and rugged netbook but many were let down by the 3-cell b…
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This is a huge discount on the highest spec Lenovo S10e netbook available. According to reviews the Lenovo S10e is a very well-designed, small and rugged netbook but many were let down by the 3-cell battery.

However this version comes with a 6-cell battery as well as 1.5GB(!) of RAM, an ExpressCard slot and bluetooth. Great specs for the price.

- Intel ATOM Processor N270 Single Core ( 1.60GHz 533MHz 512KB )
- SUSE Linux Enterprise 10
- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
- 1.5 GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz
- 10.1 " WSVGA Glossy TFT with integrated camera 1024x576
- 160GB 5400 Hard Disk
- +6 Cell Lithium-Ion
- Broadcom 11b/g Wi-Fi wireless
- Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR

Reviews here: http://www.testfreaks.com/netbooks/lenovo-ideapad-s10e/
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#1
would this laptop handle xp or vista?
#2
looks like it will be fine

if you see the link the laptop on the far right hand side is exactly identical to this one but £40 more.

The only difference is the far right hand side one has XP installed
so you end up paying £40 more for XP preinstalled.
#3
psd99
looks like it will be fine

if you see the link the laptop on the far right hand side is exactly identical to this one but £40 more.

The only difference is the far right hand side one has XP installed
so you end up paying £40 more for XP preinstalled.


Actually not ...... this one has more RAM that the XP version too :whistling:
#4
nice one even better then :)
#5
only available in white thos, which is a shame - still hot from me.
#6
What a weird screen resolution ...
#7
Lenovo S10e Atom N270 1GB 160GB XP Home Black at www dabs.com

In stock now
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mfr#: NS84SUK

2 & 3 Year Warranties Available - See Accessories
£287.62 inc vat
#8
But the one at Dabs is 30 quid more, only has 1GB of RAM and most importantly it only has a 3-cell battery.

The one direct from Lenovo is only £259 with 1.5GB RAM and has the coveted 6-cell battery included! As for XP, well you can install it yourself without too much trouble...;-)

It is a shame it's in white - if it was black I'd buy one straight away. But I figure that there's people on here who would probably prefer white to black anyway.
#9
Excellent price, extra memory means I can try to install Windows 7 on it! :thumbsup:

Good spot, heat added!
#10
psd99
would this laptop handle xp or vista?


It might be able to handle Vista, but you'd be best sticking with XP. Besides the fact that XP is a more basic OS and much better suited to low-power CPUs and systems without much RAM, visually, it's a good deal tigter, too. Window borders are smaller, icons are smaller, task bar entries are smaller, that sort of thing. It's less pretty, but you get a lot more space onscreen for apps rather than for OS, and although you can tweak Vista to be as space-efficient as XP, it's still going to run slower.
#11
Installing XP on these netbook is easy as well, as long as you know where to download the XP drivers from the manufacturer's site.

installing xp
http://www.liliputing.com/2008/04/install-windows-xp-on-mini-note-usb.html

drivers

http://blogntech.com/download-lenovo-ideapad-s10-xp-driver.html

ofcourse make sure to use a genuine copy of windows.
#12
Beware. There have been grumblings about the version of Linux that this netbook comes installed with. However, it's not a problem as Ubuntu should work just fine with it.

I wonder if the RAM can be upgraded any more? I'd like 2gb in one.
#13
is this white? i really like lenovo brand its very good performance
#14
Yeah first thing I'd do is install Ubuntu.

Apparently there is 512MB hardwired onto the motherboard and an additional slot. So you could install a cheap 2GB RAM stick and have a total of 2.5GB!
#15
remember you will need a valid legal windows xp / vista licence

if you dont want to pay the money but want something a bit easier than the SUSE linux - you can always install ubuntu linux - will install from a USB key / memory card if you dont have a spare CD / DVD drive.
#16
You can pick up a Samsung NC10 with Win XP for about £300 and that gets stonking good reviews:
http://www.trustedreviews.com/notebooks/review/2008/11/17/Samsung-NC10---10-2in-Netbook/p1

Good price for this one though if that's what you want.
#17
petermerritt
What a weird screen resolution ...


Well most websites are viewable horizontally for 1024 x 768 res. I guess using this res at least lets you see most web pages without scrolling from side to side and allows widescreen(ish) res for watching films.
I guess an 1024 x 600 res would be more logical though.
#18
amorphic;4617980
Apparently there is 512MB hardwired onto the motherboard and an additional slot. So you could install a cheap 2GB RAM stick and have a total of 2.5GB!
Only if the BIOS allows it - Micro$oft has forced netbook makers to limit the RAM to 1.5GB in order to allow XP (which they've had to continue to supply as a result of their panic over the encroachment of Linux on the desktop. Knock Linux all you like, but if you like XP you are benefitting from the competition, pure and simple.)
#19
This looks like a great deal - only £10 more than the Acer Aspire One from Asda, yet more RAM and a bigger battery. It's a larger machine though, so you have to consider that.
#20
amorphic
Yeah first thing I'd do is install Ubuntu.

Apparently there is 512MB hardwired onto the motherboard and an additional slot. So you could install a cheap 2GB RAM stick and have a total of 2.5GB!


Unfortunately you cannot go over 2gb. I bought a 2gb stick anyway (£20 from Crucial) and put it in to get 2gb in total. It does mean 0.5gb is wasted, but for the price I don't care!
#21
petermerritt;4617565
What a weird screen resolution ...
The excuse is that it's exactly a 16:9 ratio, but only a fool would prefer losing the screen resolution for computing over having tiny black bands at top and bottom for HD viewing
#22
amorphic
Yeah first thing I'd do is install Ubuntu.

Apparently there is 512MB hardwired onto the motherboard and an additional slot. So you could install a cheap 2GB RAM stick and have a total of 2.5GB!


I suspect that the chipset will only support 2GB, that is certainly the case with most other netbooks. The MSI WInd has a bios setting which will disable the on-board ram thereby allowing you to instll a 2GB stick. Unless the Lenovo bios supports this I think you are limited to 1.5GB - which is quite sufficient for a netbook.

[UPDATE] I see that that p3tecracknell has sucessfully installed 2GB.

This is not a bad netbook, but I really don't like the vertically challenged screen. The standard netbook resolution of 600 is bad enough so I really don't understand how any clown could have thought that 576 was a good idea. There is an S10 version which has a standard 1024x600 screen.
banned#23
Great deal - TY OP
#24
bytemaster
This is not a bad netbook, but I really don't like the vertically challenged screen. The standard netbook resolution of 600 is bad enough so I really don't understand how any clown could have thought that 576 was a good idea. There is an S10 version which has a standard 1024x600 screen.


A couple of netbooks have gone with the 1024x576 screen, (the new HP Minis are the other main ones). The idea is that you get a true 16:9 resolution for movies etc. But I agree that given the choice I'd take the extra 24 pixels to get an extra line or two of text on the screen.
#25
seems like a good netbook for the price. still not as good as the asire one in terms of usability i.e. keyboard, screen. the lenovo is meant to have poor viewing angles - pcpro give it a grilling for some reason http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/244640/lenovo-ideapad-s10e.html

i was thinking of selling the aspire one for this, but think il keep it.

still the 6 cell battery, 160gb hdd, 1.5gb ram are the selling points which give it good value for money - plus wont void the warranty with the ram!

voted hot.
#26
pibpob
This looks like a great deal - only £10 more than the Acer Aspire One from Asda, yet more RAM and a bigger battery. It's a larger machine though, so you have to consider that.


I think youll find its £110 more than the aspire deal at ASDA !!! :)
#27
phanco;4618319
I think youll find its £110 more than the aspire deal at ASDA !!! :)
D'oh whoops! :oops: Lucky I bought the one from Asda then! This is decidely luke-warm.
#28
If you have not already seen it - the HP 2133 some models come with 1280x800 screen. £200 linux version from ebuyer did.
No intel atom CPU - but a VIA nano - which some tests indicate it is faster. But battery life not as good - 6 cell battery in this is Lenovo is good ++
#29
Hi All,
Does anyone know the total weight with the 6 cell battery? they state 1.1Kg with the 3 Cell.
#30
mr keys
Hi All,
Does anyone know the total weight with the 6 cell battery? they state 1.1Kg with the 3 Cell.


Not sure but this forum has loads of info: http://www.s10lenovo.com/
#31
Big plus about this, for me, is the expresscard slot. Can't be bothered with USB Mobile Broadband Dongles so with this I could get an Expresscard Modem. Hot from me...
#32
Hi All,
Does anyone know the total weight with the 6 cell battery? they state 1.1Kg with the 3 Cell.
#33
orderd~
vote hot~
just checked lenovo web site, they have xp drivers for s10e, bravo~
#34
so this seems a better buy than the nc10 then?
#35
Very strange decision by Levono but uk market got the s10e which is meant to be an education edition

Reading around I gather the s10 and S10e are different machines despite sharing a similar name and its not just the 600 vs 576 verticle screen size that differs either.

http://www.testfreaks.com/netbooks/lenovo-ideapad-s10e/
#36
paulsmith288
If you have not already seen it - the HP 2133 some models come with 1280x800 screen. £200 linux version from ebuyer did.
No intel atom CPU - but a VIA nano - which some tests indicate it is faster. But battery life not as good - 6 cell battery in this is Lenovo is good ++


Not the new VIA Nano, which is indeed faster as well as toastier, but the feebler C7, which is noticeably weaker than either the Atom N270 or the Celeron 900MHz.
#37
Gavin01
so this seems a better buy than the nc10 then?


I would be worried about battery life...the NC10 gets rave reviews for 6 hours + from it's battery. I believe the 3 cell Lenovo gets around 2 hours, so I would think the 6 cell wouldn't last much more than 4.

Also, alternatives such as the NC10 & Eee1000 don't need an upgraded 'sticky-out' battery to achieve quoted battery lives, I'm sure a 6 cell battery in the lenovo will protrude enough to make it a little awkward and less portable.

Nice peice of kit though, I have a lenovo laptop and absolutely love it...battery life, however would be a major factor when buying a netbook (for me at least!).

I found this "top 10" netbook comparison review very impartial, helpful and informative:
http://crave.cnet.co.uk/laptops/0,39029450,49297248,00.htm
#38
amorphic
Not sure but this forum has loads of info: http://www.s10lenovo.com/


Thank you very much, A very good site for info!
#39
I am using my S10e now... I have a black 6 cell with 1gb RAM & XP & a linux quick start os. I find the 1024x576 screen excellent, viewing angles are fine, screen is bright and looks good. I use it pretty much all the time in preference to my 15.4" model as its quick and handy sized.

Battery is 4-5 hours depending on setup etc (and I paid £105 for mine with a £200 off voucher I 'won'). I have an Asus 701 as well and the battery sticks out on that too, though differently to the Lenovo, but neither particularly hinder the portability. Still a shame the Lenovo didn't come with a sleeve like the Asus did!
#40
RyCha
I would be worried about battery life...the NC10 gets rave reviews for 6 hours + from it's battery. I believe the 3 cell Lenovo gets around 2 hours, so I would think the 6 cell wouldn't last much more than 4.

Also, alternatives such as the NC10 & Eee1000 don't need an upgraded 'sticky-out' battery to achieve quoted battery lives, I'm sure a 6 cell battery in the lenovo will protrude enough to make it a little awkward and less portable.

Nice peice of kit though, I have a lenovo laptop and absolutely love it...battery life, however would be a major factor when buying a netbook (for me at least!).

I found this "top 10" netbook comparison review very impartial, helpful and informative:
http://crave.cnet.co.uk/laptops/0,39029450,49297248,00.htm


I have this netbook with 6 cell battery I get 6+ hrs from the battery if I'm just browsing the net and watching a bit of video. Unlike the NC10 the screen is sturdy and the extra weight isn't that much. The sticky out bit on the battery I actually like as it leans the netbook towards you nicely. No portability issues.

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